The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail traverses U.S. Forest lands that have long been popular hunting grounds in all seasons. All Trail users should be aware of these activities and not wear clothing that could be mistaken for wildlife. Bright colors and hunter orange eliminate most instances of mistaken identity.
BE AWARE IT'S HUNTING SEASON - WEAR ORANGE ON THE TRAIL!
We would like to remind everyone that modern gun deer season opens on November 9, 2019, and continues through December 1 in the Ouachita National Forest along the LOViT. Dogs are allowed to be used hunting for deer during this time. A second modern gun season is December 26-28. Note also these deer hunting dates: Archery - Sept. 28, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020; Muzzleloader - Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16; Youth modern gun hunt - Nov. 2-3, 2019, and Jan. 4-5, 2020. Be especially careful and be sure to wear orange if you decide to hike or bike on the Trail during these times. We don't want anyone to get hurt or to cause conflicts between Trail users and hunters.
The Avery Trailhead is the eastern most terminus of the LOViT trail system. This trailhead is a part of the Corps of Engineers Avery Recreation Area located below Blakely Mountain Dam.
On “The Trails” pages, the LOViT trail segments described are named for their trailhead, and each trail segment then generally runs eastward from the trailhead, with the “last” trail segment terminating at the Avery Trailhead. See the Brady Mountain page for a description of the trail segment from Brady Mountain Road to the Avery Trailhead.
The Avery Trailhead is the perfect location for group activities on the trail, featuring ample parking for up to a hundred vehicles, flush toilets, a covered pavilion with tables, BBQ pits and potable water. This pavilion was the site for the October 28, 2014 Dedication Ceremony celebrating the completion of the originally-planned Lake Ouachita Vista Trail.
There is also fishing from the banks of the Ouachita River as it flows through Blakely Mountain Dam’s generating plant.
Group activities requiring the pavilion should be arranged through the Corps of Engineers office at 502-767-2101 Ext 3040.
From the Avery Trailhead entrance to the Kiosk at the west end of the Trail system is approximately 40-miles, not including spurs.
Current and past US Forest Service employees join the Traildogs at the Avery Recreation Area Trailhead for the Oct. 28, 2014, Dedication for the completed Trail.